Best of Wellington: Retail & Experience nominees

Retail & experience is about the stores where we spend our rent money, the artisans that go the extra mile, and the places we make memories. Take a stroll through some of the nominees.

{Suite} Gallery

The {Suite} courtyard is a hidden gem – the gallery itself is not so bad either. {Suite} hosts dance parties, book launches, corporate client evenings, intimate concerts, and the occasional wedding.

New Zealand Police Museum

There’s lots for the whole family to enjoy, with New Zealand history to be learned, detective mysteries ready to be solved, and a range of tours and programmes for groups.

Old St Paul’s

Like no other venue in the
city, Old St Paul’s brings in
the crowds for live music and
film nights, set beneath soaring Gothic Revival arches.

Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ

Much fun was had reimagining Shakespeare through the vibrancy and verve of the young people in our SGCNZ Festivals. Enlivening themes and situations, as pertinent today as 420 years ago.

Sweet Axe Throwing Co.

Axe throwing is a primal yet wholly inclusive activity that everyone can enjoy! When you add the awesome team of axe-perts to the mix we ensure a truly premium axe-perience!

Ye Olde Pinball Shoppe

A dedicated pinball arcade on Bond Street in the heart of Wellington. New and old pinball titles, regular tournaments, venue hire for birthdays and work parties, and now serving beer!

Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne

Imagine a lush forest, where you can meet some of Aotearoa’s rarest species of native wildlife. Just 10 minutes from the CBD, Zealandia is a taonga of the capital city.

Inverlochy Art School

Inverlochy Art School believes in art for art’s sake. Explore your creative passions by attending a class in our beautiful historic building. It’s impossible not to feel inspired.

Miss Maude

Boutique fabric and yarn store specialising in quality natural fibres, patterns, and tools. We help you find everything needed to craft your own wardrobe. For the joy of making.

Te Āmiki
(National Library Store)

Explore our selection of locally made products. Art, crafts, jewellery, gifts, books, and more! Each item tells a unique story of a person, place, or moment in time.

Wellington Sewing Centre

Your local destination for knitting, crochet, sewing, and more. Our friendly staff can answer your questions and we also offer adult classes, covering everything from beginners to advanced techniques.


Magnetix provides an extensive range of magazines, excellent customer service, great coffee and a cosy vibe. Magnetix is the best destination in Wellington for all your postal and reading needs.

Bizarre Bazaar

A multifaceted space celebrating sustainable fashion practices and embracing everyday avant-garde. Bizarre Bazaar offers independent designer clothing, vintage, high-end designer, and Y2K styles, sourced locally and abroad.

Good As Gold

GAG is an independent, multi-brand fashion, streetwear, and sneaker store. We bring together the best local and international brands from around the globe. Good people. Exceptional service.


Wellington fashion institution and destination for lovers of style since 2005, GOODNESS is home to some of the most desirable and coveted designers from New Zealand and afar.

hej hej

Designed for ladies with equal parts attitude and style, we’re a punch of colour, unfiltered personality, and living proof that luxury can be playful and fashion can be effortless.


A seed-to-garment brand, made from 100% certified Fairtrade organic cotton. Kowtow believes clothing is a vessel for a bigger purpose, to achieve a healthier planet and a fairer world.

Mandatory Menswear

Makers of menswear here since ‘97. Skilled at matching taste and needs with fit. We curate wardrobes of cool, useful, enduring pieces with our knowledge and expertise. Tees to Suits.

Standard Issue

Thoughtfully designed to provide a meaningful experience, our Wellington store offers the chance to learn about our values and to experience the intricate details of our zero-waste, forever knits.

that was then, this is now

Our mission is to fill a void in the Wellington menswear market. Curating the best from local and international brands we love. With an emphasis on workwear and denim.

Untouched World

Untouched World is a sustainable
lifestyle fashion brand that celebrates living in harmony with nature. We believe in quality over quantity and doing right by people and the planet.


Workshop Wellington showcases iconic NZ brands Helen Cherry, and Workshop Denim alongside international designers, including Acne Studios, Isabel Marrant, Lemaire, Our Legacy, and Chloe in a refined, and sophisticated environment.


Zambesi, located in the heart of the Wellington CBD, is home to NZ-made fashion brands Zambesi and NOM*d, as well as a carefully curated selection of the best international fashion brands.

Central Flowers Wholesalers

Boasting Wellington’s largest range of fresh seasonal flowers in store it’s very easy to get excited about us. Armloads of flowers to play with for homes, celebrations, events, and workplaces.


Badaro is a sustainable salon that enhances wellbeing through nature. Seeking honest ways of pursuing beauty, their family-based values care for you, as well as caring for the environment.

Salem + Co

With a passion for good hair and a dedication to sustainability, Salem’s highly skilled, yet down-to-earth stylists are blonde and colour specialists!

Salt Hair Boutique

Combining thoughtful service, high-quality work and a strong sustainability ethos, Salt Hair is where hair dreams come true. Visit us in our boutiques in Seatoun or Newtown.


Step into a world-first concept salon. STRAVINSKIJ is revolutionising the art of hairdressing. The perfect balance between a salon and barbershop, dedicated to calmness, purity, and the best haircuts in town.

The French Barber

At The French Barber, we provide a unique and authentic old-school grooming experience. Our team of talented barbers are committed to superior quality cuts and exceptional service.


Backhouse is a third-generation furniture and lighting business, selling quality and timeless designs that can be loved and used by one generation, and handed down to the next.


BoConcept has been operating in Wellington for 15 years, offering customisable Danish furniture and accessories, along with a complimentary interior design service to help customers achieve their home decor goals.


This treasured Wellington institution is a one-stop shop when you’re after something special. For over 32 years Cranfields have offered superb gifts, homewares, and accessories.

Hendrix Home

Hendrix is a beachside lifestyle store offering a unique range of homewares. From stunning cushions, to statement vases and furniture, home will always feel like an oasis with Hendrix.

Small Acorns

Small Acorns is a beautiful lifestyle and homewares store. Full of personal treasures, beautiful fabrics, upcycled vintage, and contemporary design, infused with colour and a touch of eclectic whimsy.

Trade Aid

Celebrating 50 years of hand-made change Trade Aid New Zealand works with small craft producers to bring stunning homewares to Wellingtonians. Creating a world where trade is fair for all.

I Love Paris

Offering an eclectic collection of gorgeous footwear from the world’s most exciting boutique designers, I Love Paris has brought the best shoes to Wellington since 2003.

Anytime Fitness Kent Terrace

Despite opening during the height of the pandemic in 2020, we’ve grown to over 800 members and pride ourselves on providing Wellington’s most welcoming and inclusive health and fitness experience.

Float Well

Float Well is a hub for your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Floating in a tub of warm water and 500kg Epsom salt, you will feel weightless and at peace.

Hot Yoga Wellington & Lower Hutt

Two safe, vibrant spaces in the Wellington district. Inviting you to create balance in your life on and off the mat, in mind, body and spirit. All welcome.

Iris Store + Studio

A new and considered selection of premium skincare, makeup, haircare, and fragrance brands, paired with a team of experienced beauty professionals, Iris is the best in beauty right on your doorstep.

Reform Fitness Wellington

We’re a Dynamic Reformer Pilates studio on bustling Courtenay Place. Modern, fun and upbeat, come see us for a good burn and the best tunes in town!

Wellington Apothecary

An urban sanctuary in the heart of Cuba Mall, filled with botanical healing rituals for daily self-care. Find fresh handmade skincare, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, holistic facials, and spa treatments.


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